Green Impact

The Carbon Footprint

 

The Staff Training and Development Unit is committed to reducing its carbon footprint as much as possible.

This STDU green impact page offers tips and advice on how staff can contribute to reducing the Unit's carbon impact.

 

Recycling Points

Paper bins throughout building
Plastic bottles bin outside kitchen
Cans bin outside kitchen
Cardboard bin outside building
Food waste bin in kitchen
Batteries Reception, Safety Services, 5a Lennoxvale
Books Books in good condition can be donated to an organisation called Better World Books.
Boxes are available from Estates.

Further information can be found in the A-Z Guide to Waste and Recycling.

Reducing Waste

  • Consider adding course materials to Sharepoint rather than handing out photocopies.
  • Cups and glasses should be used instead of disposable cups.
  • When ordering catering ask caterers to ensure that, as far as possible, they are using locally produced, seasonal food.

Transport

  • The Cycle+ scheme allows staff to purchase a bicycle and safety equipment, and receive National Insurance and Income Tax discounts through a salary sacrifice scheme. Further information is available at www.qub.ac.uk/cycleplus
  • Details on the nearest cycle storage are available at Cycle Parking. The nearest shower and changing facilities are available, free of charge to staff, at level 1, Administration Building and Lower Ground Floor, McClay Library.
  • The cycle mileage allowance for travelling by bicycle on University business is 10p per mile.
  • Information on the University's car-sharing scheme can be viewed at www.qubcarshare.com or perhaps you could arrange to travel with a colleague if you’re both going to the same area for meetings, placement visits, fieldwork interviews, etc.
  • The University has an interest-free loan scheme for staff to buy bus or rail passes. See http://go.qub.ac.uk/stafftravelcard

Energy

  • If you know of a problem with heating or draughts e.g. a radiator that’s not working or a draughty window, please report it promptly to the Building Liaison  Officers, Andrew Harvey and Erin Davidson so that the problem can be resolved as quickly as possible.
  • Be aware of the need to dress appropriately for the temperature in your working area e.g. as many buildings are colder than usual first thing on Monday, maybe you could leave a spare warm layer in the office to allow for this.
  • Staff are encouraged not to heat their workspaces above 21oC.  For every one degree that an office is overheated, the cost of the heating increases by the equivalent of 8-10%.  Overheating an office creates an atmosphere which can be as unpleasant as a cold office. 
  • Please switch off lights if you are last to leave a room, turn off appliances at the socket at the end of the working day and turn off any printers, chargers, etc during the day if they are not in use.

Water Saving Advice

Everyone uses water each day, whether it be at home or work. There are loads of really small changes that you could make which all add up to make a big difference – especially to your pocket and the environment!  See more at: http://www.waterwise.org.uk/pages/water-saving-advice-and-tips.html

Biodiversity

Try to purchase biodiversity friendly products for people to use in work and at home. This could include: FSC certified wood products, rainforest alliance products, responsible clothing choices such as People Tree, alternative cleaning products like ecover or neal's yard.